Feb. 14, 2008
The Boston University women's soccer team held its annual end-of-the-season banquet at BU's Student Village on Feb. 17. At the recption, head coach Nancy Feldman and her coaching staff handed out team honors, including the program's Most Valuable Offensive Player, Most Valuable Defensive Player, Rookie of the Year and Most Improved Player.
Dr. Megan Cross Hannon ('02) was the Terriers' honorary guest speaker at the event. Cross was a center back on two America East championship teams - 2000, 2001.
Sophomore Mara Osher earned the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player award for the first time after finishing the 2007 campaign with two goals and five assists for nine points. She scored one game-winner and the team's lone goal in the NCAA tournament against Wake Forest, while recording an assists against Binghamton in the conference semifinals.
Earning Most Valuable Defensive Player honors was sophomore Casey Brown, who anchored one of the stingiest backline's in the America East in 2007. The Terriers allowed just 13 goals in 21 games to earn a 0.60 goals-against average, ranking 12th nationally. Brown also provided offensive heroics in addition to her defensive duties, scoring five goals and earning one assist.
Freshman defender Lina Cords earned this year's Rookie of the Year accolade, after immediately stepping into a starter's role. She was the only rookie to start all 21 games in 2007 and proved indispensable on set pieces with her accurate free kicks. She earned her first collegiate point on a restart in the second game of the season, assisting on the game-winning goal against Princeton.
Freshman Kara Ruggiero received the Most Improved Player distinction, after showing determination and a willingness to grow. Ruggiero saw action in a win at Albany on Oct. 4. The Massachusetts native, graduated from Braintree High School in 2007, where she finished her athletic career with 22 goals and 28 assists, finishing as the fourth all-time scorer. Her club team, the Scorpions, won the state championship in her junior and senior seasons.
Earning the Academic Achievement Award was junior Meredith Beaton
. Beaton received the honor for having the highest grade point average, and proving she could adeptly balance schoolwork with athletics.
Also receiving awards at the banquet was sophomore striker Farrell McClernon for the Strength and Conditioning Award, presented by strength and conditioning coach Vic Brown. McClernon earned the award after showing a dedication to off-field training. She finished 2007 with two goals, added three assists and led the team with 38 shots. McClernon was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team for the second consecutive year.
Sophomore Emily Pallotta earned the Terrier (Coaches) Award, given annually for sportsmanship, leadership and team play. Pallotta patrolled the midfield in 2007, converting on four goals and one assists, while starting all 21 games.